Pope blesses lambs on feast of St. Agnes

Pope Benedict XVI marked the Feast of St. Agnes Monday with the blessing of the lambs, from whose wool the Pallium will be made. The Pallium are white woollen stoles, decorated with six black crosses presented to metropolitan archbishops by the Holy Father on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Once woven they are custodied in an urn at the tomb of St Peter until. The two lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were presented to the Pope by the Canons Regular of the Cathedral of St John Lateran. Reared in the Saint Lawrence convent in Panisperna, Rome, in memory of St. Agnes’ purity, one of the lambs wears a crown of white flowers, while the other wears a red floral wreath to recall her fait …

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